Fairport Convention

Formed 1967.
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Fairport Convention join Mark Radcliffe in the studio

Mark has folk legends Fairport Convention in the studio for an interview.

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Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as the most important group in the English folk rock movement.

Their seminal album Liege & Lief is considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general. The large number of personnel who have been part of the band are among the most highly regarded and influential musicians of their era and have gone on to participate in a large number of significant bands, or enjoyed important solo careers.

Since 1979, they have hosted the Cropredy Festival, which is the largest such annual event in England. Individually and collectively the members of Fairport Convention have received numerous awards recognizing their contribution to music and culture. As of 2014, they continue to record and tour.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Festival Bell

    Festival Bell 2011

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Confirms Fairport’s reputation as an ongoing repository for quality songwriting.
  2. Review of Liege And Lief

    Liege And Lief 2007

    Reviewed by Gemma Padley
    The most influential folk rock album of all time? You decide...
  3. Review of Live At The BBC

    Live At The BBC 2007

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Rough-edged for sure, but viscerally exciting stuff.
  4. Review of Fairport Convention, What We Did On Our Holidays, Unhalfbricking

    Fairport Convention, What We Did On Our Holidays, Unhalfbricking 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...Leige And Lief was in no way their best work. These three reissues are undoubtedly...
  5. Review of Fairport Unconventional

    Fairport Unconventional

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Their rapid transformation from (frankly not bad) Jefferson Airplane clones to leading...
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